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Control Windows Explorer with Command-Line Shortcuts

Create customized Explorer views from the command line, and save your favorite views in desktop shortcuts.

I rarely open Windows Explorer in its default view. Instead, I generally want to open it at a specific location, with a specific set of viewing features—for example, with the Folders bar in the left side on or off.

I launch Windows Explorer from the command line, along with a set of switches for controlling how it opens. I also create desktop shortcuts out of these command-line launches so that my favorite views are always only a couple of clicks away.

For example, when I want to open Windows Explorer to the C:\Power Tools Book\Hacks subfolder only, with no folders above it, and using the Folders bar, I open the command prompt and issue this command:


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